Bournemouth’s Junior Stanislas faces a spell on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury at Watford.
Max Gradel may not be risked from the start despite replacing Stanislas in that game on his return from a lengthy lay-off, while Lewis Grabban is a doubt with a groin strain.
Southampton striker Shane Long is nursing a hamstring injury and is rated 50/50 to play by manager Ronald Koeman.
Victor Wanyama is serving the third game of a five-match suspension.
MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
Tony Husband: “While this is considered the ‘other’ south coast derby, I’m still expecting the atmosphere at the Vitality to be electric. How Bournemouth would relish a first home win in a league contest over Southampton for 58 years.
“However, Eddie Howe’s men will need to find another gear in front of their own fans after losing their last three at home in all competitions.
“Southampton’s New Year surge was halted by Chelsea, but the top six and European football is a very realistic target for a team which I fancy for a strong finish and has a fine defensive record on the road.”